The Branson Shop (January 2022) - Branson, Missouri has been long known for it's "off season." Generally, this time begins just after Christmas and extends through mid-March (around school Spring Breaks). Over the years, it has been fun to watch our shoulder season evolve. Roughly, in the 1980's Branson's elders began an "Ozark Mountain Christmas" campaign in order to extend the Ozarks tourism season into a longer one. Prior to this, it was known largely as a Memorial Day to Labor Day market. Catering to younger families in the summer months with go-carts (spearheaded by our friends at The Track, and others), miniature golf, water slides, and Silver Dollar City - just to name a few.
In the early 1990's, another effort was underway with artists like Jim Stafford and venues like Grand Country leading the way. "Hot Winter Fun" was born. This initiative was the perfect complimentary bookend to "Ozark Mountain Christmas," and Branson saw performers open in mid-January and early February. The Grand Palace (now the Aquarium at the Boardwalk) hosted "Branson Fest," in response to Nashville's Fan Fest, in early March. Artists such as Glen Campbell, Louise Mandrell, Wayne Newton, Box Car Willie, Andy Williams, Charlie Pride, the Baldknobbers, the Presley's The Osmond Brothers, and Dave Hamner graced the stage with teasers for 3 days. Branson Fest was to introduce tour operators to Branson's top talent and encourage them to bring their busses and individuals to Branson for the coming season and their show was a MUST.
Though Branson Fest is currently no longer, and a few of our friends who pioneered Branson during the 90's are no longer with us because they have been called to a higher place (Mel Tillis, Charlie Pride, Andy Williams, and more), it remains a great place to visit in the "shoulder months" because of the work by those mentioned, and many more. We appreciate the work that went in to make Branson a year round destination. Winter is, after all, one of the best times to come. Less traffic means shorter lines, better seats, and an even greater personal touch. We look forward to welcoming you to our home, in Branson, and encourage you to visit the businesses below (and others) during this time.
A Few Things to do in January:
Titanic - Titanic Museum honors the Jewish Passengers and Crew in 2022
WonderWorks - 48,000 square feet of "edu-tainment."
Grand Jubilee - Celebrating 20 years of tight harmonies and comedy
Comedy Jamboree - Winner of Branson's Best Comedy Show
Amazing Pets - Starring an amazing cast of furry creatures
Branson Country USA - Broadcast on television and radio stations around the country
Branson Landing - Bass Pro Shops, Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, Guy Fieri's Branson Kitchen + Bar, Belk's, and more!
Tanger Outlet - Nike, Under Armour, Sketchers, Oakley, Kitchenland, and more
Grand Village Shops - Sugar Leaf, Kringles, Mel's Hardluck Diner, Peter Engler Designs, and others!
Current Branson Show Schedule - check back often, as schedules for 2022 continue to come in and get posted.
Tickets to shows and Attractions can be purchased on our website for The Branson Shop, celebrating 30 years assisting guests with information, schedules, show tickets, lodging, attractions, and anything Branson!